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Shaine Mata

is resting after running a mile.

I'm doing 35 things

Shaine Mata's Life List

  1. 1. graduate from college
    2 entries . 5 cheers
    6,121 people
  2. 2. weigh 140 pounds
    4 entries . 3 cheers
    53 people
  3. 3. Get organized
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    6,534 people
  4. 4. Volunteer
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    5,550 people
  5. 5. Buy a House
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    14,074 people
  6. 6. write a book
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    31,381 people
  7. 7. ride my bike more
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    1,015 people
  8. 8. Find my purpose in life
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    885 people
  9. 9. Become Financially Independent
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    6,719 people
  10. 10. get out of debt
    2 cheers
    12,271 people
  11. 11. see the northern lights
    1 cheer
    19,115 people
  12. 12. Go back to Big Bend.
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    3 people
  13. 13. save $5000
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    311 people
  14. 14. live simply
    4 entries . 1 cheer
    3,222 people
  15. 15. Be a better blogger
    3 entries
    1,362 people
  16. 16. Get more people to read my Blog
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    701 people
  17. 17. live in England
    2 entries
    511 people
  18. 18. Visit Ireland
    1 cheer
    2,752 people
  19. 19. skydive
    2 cheers
    11,428 people
  20. 20. learn to SCUBA dive
    1 cheer
    2,697 people
  21. 21. be a better podcaster
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    14 people
  22. 22. Learn to play the piano
    1 cheer
    8,219 people
  23. 23. read harry potter
    1 cheer
    82 people
  24. 24. go to las vegas
    1 cheer
    639 people
  25. 25. go hiking
    1 cheer
    658 people
  26. 26. go on a cruise
    4,761 people
  27. 27. 40 push ups
    4 entries . 1 cheer
    1 person
  28. 28. run a marathon
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    12,897 people
  29. 29. learn statistics
    3 cheers
    56 people
  30. 30. continue to sing, and sing better
    3 cheers
    56 people
  31. 31. learn to play golf
    1 cheer
    519 people
  32. 32. ride in a 24 hour mountain bike race
    2 team members . 1 cheer
    4 people
  33. 33. learn cost accounting
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    11 people
  34. 34. learn mandarin
    2 entries . 9 cheers
    1,377 people
  35. 35. run an 8 minute mile
    2 entries
    114 people

How I did it
How to take pictures
It took me
1 year
It made me

How to wake up at 5 am
It took me
2 weeks
It made me

Recent entries
run an 8 minute mile (read all 2 entries…)
Now Running Up to One and One-half Miles

Tonight, I managed to run for one and a half miles, which is more than the previous 1.11 miles. This is good news for my quest to run a mile in 8 minutes again after about 20 years.

There is no running knowledge behind this. My thinking is that if I can sustain running for 2 miles, then I can push myself to run 1 mile at a faster pace in subsequent runs. So, for now my goal is to run 2 miles.

As I get closer to my running goals, I probably ought to invest some time learning about running. But, I think I’m still a ways off from what would be considered a “serious runner”. All in due time.

run an 8 minute mile (read all 2 entries…)
Best time so far

I’ve not run in about 16 years. Recently, I figured out a way of running without aggravating old injuries. My best time since resuming was tonight. 1.11 miles in 10:47 minutes. I’ll be happy to reach 8 minutes. At that point, if I think I have more to give, then we’ll set another goal.

Start my own business (read all 4 entries…)
Not reinventing the wheel

Starting a traditional business is expensive and is not guaranteed to succeed. On top of that, as the owner, you may be the last one to get paid, especially in the current economy.

Rather than all that, I am opting for the home based business route through USANA. I figure that any business will come down to selling a product or service. I might as well make selling the only thing that I do and outsource the accounting, shipping, and product manufacturing to USANA.

Is it an easy way out? Possibly. If I’m any good at selling, then I can make a decent income. Otherwise, I probably would have failed after considerable investment and time in a traditional business.

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